He writes that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz “is not authorized to examine and dissect the internal communications and decision-making of other agencies the way he did the FBI’s. Yet the necessity of doing so fairly screams at us.”
He argues: “The FBI’s Mr. Comey, since Election Day, has been a model of discretion” compared with Brennan and Clapper. “Mr. Brennan suggested on national TV that Vladimir Putin possesses secret information he uses to control President Trump. Mr. Clapper, also on national TV, called Mr. Trump a Kremlin ‘asset’ whose election was secured by Russian meddling. Their involvement in the events Mr. Horowitz details was extensive and pervasive and yet these men are invisible in his report. And it is hardly plausible that they were more restrained in their accusations against Mr. Trump in their private dealings with Mr. Comey before the election than they have been on TV since.”
Jenkins goes on: “An underremarked facet of the Horowitz report reveals just how much illegal leaking to the press FBI officials were guilty of. The same rock needs to be turned over with respect to Mr. Brennan’s and Mr. Clapper’s former agencies.... Mr. Comey’s FBI is not the only intelligence branch that needs a good shaking out.”
Senior British Journalist: Trump Will Destroy NATO, Apocalypse Now!
June 29, 2018 (EIRNS)—Edward Lucas, a former senior editor at The Economist, now writing a weekly column in the London Times and an author of books on Putin (New Cold War: Putin’s Russia and the Threat to the West), went stark raving mad in a radio interview regarding the Trump-Putin summit, which he said, “shouldn’t be happening at all, and certainly should not be happening after the NATO summit. All the NATO allies are very worried about Mr. Trump’s unpredictability. They can see that he may storm out of the NATO summit the way he stormed out of the G7 in Quebec, and then go off to Helsinki to do goodness-knows-what in his one-on-one meeting with Putin....“If he were meeting Putin before the NATO summit, then at least the NATO leaders would be able to repair any damage that is done. But people are talking in very apocalyptic terms.”
Russian Diplomat Counters Belief in U.S.-U.K. Special Relationship as ‘Not Justified’
July 1, 2018 (EIRNS)—Alexander Bartosh, a military expert and a former Russian diplomat, responding to the hysteria in the U.K. about the July 16 summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump, lifted the screen on so-called Anglo-American “special relationship.”
“The U.K. has been one of the most active supporters of a hard line towards Russia,” Bartosh told RT, and said that their “vigorous resistance” to any positive shift in the stance of Washington towards Moscow shouldn’t be surprising.
He then exposed the real issue at hand, saying that there are grounds for London to worry, because “the common belief that America and Britain are such great friends isn’t really justified, as there are many in the U.S. who support tougher and more pragmatic relations with the U.K. The Americans don’t want to pull the chestnuts out of the fire for Britain as they used to do previously.”
Bartosh also observes: “The U.K., which quit the European Union, feels a certain loss of its weight in Europe and tries to turn Russia into a kind of boogeyman, seeing the ‘Russian threat’ as a unifying factor for nations, looking for closer ties with London.”
Russian Federation Formally Rejects British-Run Change to OPCW
July 1, 2018 (EIRNS)—The Russian Foreign Ministry issued a declaration on June 29 denouncing the vote that gives the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) authority to attribute responsibility for violations of the Chemical Warfare Convention (CWC). This vote was engineered by the United Kingdom, in the Conference of States Parties (CSP) of the CWC and laid the basis for charging the Syrian Arab Republic with violating the CWC even though the only body authorized to make such a determination, the UN Security Council, refused to do so.
The head of the Russian delegation, Georgy Kalamanov, objected to this measure, explaining that “Neither the CSP, nor the Executive Council, nor the Technical Secretariat has a mandate for attributing responsibility for CWC violations,” and that to change this, it is necessary “to make amendments to the CWC in line with its Article XV” because “It is unacceptable to create new commitments for States Parties, which they did not undertake when signing this international treaty.”
Sen. Valentina Matviyenko, president of Russia’s Federation Council (upper house), reported on Rossiya 1 TV network that the British measure is an attempt “to weaken the UN Security Council by depriving it of this function.” This, she said, occurs at a time “when international institutions, international agreements and international rules are being destroyed,” undermining the institutions that “have been responsible for guarding the world against